By Carter B. Horsley
This very handsome pre-war
building opened in 1931 at the Paris Hotel and it notable for
the many "battelements" that top its three levels of
terraces near its top.
Located on the southeast corner
at 97th Street, its address is 752 West End Avenue and it is two
blocks from a major subway station and a block from cross-town
The 24-story buildig opened
with 900 hotel rooms and now has 179 rental apartments.
The red-brick building has
a health club with a swimming pool and was converted into a rental
apartment building in the 1980s.
Apartments have beamed ceiled,
thermopane windows and many units have windowed kitchens and baths
and separate dining areas. The building has a 24-hour attended
lobby, a live-in superintendent, GE stainless steel appliances
and granite kitchen countertops.
The building has a rooftop
solarium and laundries on each floor.
According to the website wwww.nostradamus.net/McCarthy/hotelparis.htm,
the architect of the hotel was Samuel Gross and the lobby has
pink marble walls.
At the same website, Peter
Selgin submitted a comment January 20, 1967 that he had stayed
there with his father "in the sixties," adding that
he "loved the hotel." "I have a distinct memory
of the lobby, and of the small attached restaurant, the small
rooms and florid hallway carpeting. I'm a fiction writer, and
a description of the hotel has wormed its way into a recent story:
'At the hotel where my papa and I slept, a black woman with fire
engine red hair let me man the elevator controls. At each floor
the elevator's caged doors opened to different hallway carpeting,
with each pattern a teeming city unto itself, arabesques of bright
color that seemed to mirror the thrilling chaos outdoors.'"
Another post, "Tink,"
recalled living in the building in 1980 when the neighborhood
"was still a bit of a 'sketchy' area at the time, but, hey,
I was in my early 30s and working at Atlantic Records, so all
as 'cool.' I can remember a bodega on the corner of WEA and 96th
(roaches all over the place, no one spoke English, but late at
night when you needed cigs, who cared). There was an original
GAP on the corner of 96th and Broadway with a Latin club upstairs
where Tito Puente would often play, and a restaurant named The
Library on Broadway (95-94th). It had tons of old books on the
walls and was a great place to brunch by oneself...."
The website said that according
to The New York Times the hotel was built by the Silverman
Freda Construction Corporation and that the Guardian Life Insurance
Company bought it at a foreclosure auction in 19933 and sold it
the next year to the Risap Corporation (James A. Knott, president)."
It also said that Henry Mandel said he converted it into "middle
clcss housing" and that he sold it in March 1981 to Amos
Kaminsky's AFA Asset Services Inc., and that The New York Post
reported that the building was sold Setember 28, 2007 to Westbrook
Parnters for $85,787,799.